The Cuckoo Wood
A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.
Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.
A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?
That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.
Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.
The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery
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Two girls have taken their own life within four months of each other in the village of Kirkdale, a tiny and very religious farming community in England’s Lake District. No one will discuss their deaths nor the reasons why they might have drowned themselves in the Cuckoo Wood. The only correlation to both girls is their mention of seeing an angel before they died. Is there some strange religious phenomenon going on or is something more sinister at play?
Dr. Alex Ripley, The Miracle detective, is sent in to investigate what really happened to these two dead girls. Alex believes in science and reason and is a strong voice in debunking false prophets and divine intervention. Tasked with finding out the truth, Alex is thrust into a community deeply holding onto their religious beliefs and unwilling to let her in. Can Alex expose the truth before any more girls wind up dead?
Wow! I am totally in love with this new Alex Ripley series. I was completely hooked right from the start. M. Sean Coleman pulls you right into the fold and holds nothing back. Coleman easily sucks you right into the lore of this village. Angels? A Mystery needing to be solved? Is it really a phenomenon or is someone behind everything that has been happening? These are just some of the questions I found myself asking the deeper I got into the story. I can’t even begin to describe how this book made me feel. I may have even been a little creeped out to be honest! Coleman surely knows how to bring on the “eerie” in full force. Towards the end I even got goosebumps.
Alex Ripley is probably one of the best characters I have read in a long time. She is a Doctor of Theology and has written books based on religion and phenomenons often exposing the truth and outing people looking to deceive others in the name of God. Alex has a tough shell and she is not easily intimidated by anyone. Let’s just say she did things I would never do because I would be running for the hills. At one point she is sitting by the lake by herself (Yes, the same lake girls died in!), like ummm….what are you doing? Anyone can sneak up on you! I was getting antsy just reading it. She is definitely one tough cookie.
The pacing really starts off strong and does not stop. It just keeps building and building. At no point was I even able to put this book down. Yes, it’s just that good! Coleman really kept my attention and had me going back and forth trying to find out who or what is behind everything and I have to say, there were quite a few surprises. I had a few people pegged and kept going back and forth, but in the back of my mind I kept wondering about the lore and how much truth it would have to this story. The ending was just perfect and really kept to the theme of the story which I really am thankful for.
I would like to add one more thing. How awesome is the title of this book, The Cuckoo Wood! It just gives me the chills. You may not ever find me there….wait scratch that. You would NEVER find me anywhere in a place named the Cuckoo Wood. I’ll be hiding in the closet like the scaredy cat I am!
The Cuckoo would is absolutely phenomenal! If you like a mystery shrouded in secrets and a lore that will scare the bejeezus out of you, then look no further….this is the book you NEED to read. Well deserving of five stars! I am a new fan and I am definitely looking forward to more in this series.
Author Bio – Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.
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